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Event: 22nd Annual ISTF Conference: Tropical Forests for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The 22nd Annual Conference of the International Society of Tropical Foresters will focus on the theme, 'Shaping our Post-2015 Future with Knowledge from the Field'.

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GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making[viewed]

The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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Member States, Civil Society Discuss Post-2015 National Implementation[viewed]

UN Member States and civil society discussed challenges and insights in the national implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, at a side event co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Denmark, the Permanent Mission of Mexico, Save the Children, and the UN Foundation, during the third session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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WHO/UNICEF Report: Limited Progress on Sanitation Threatens Gains from Improved Water Sources [viewed]

Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine health and survival gains from access to improved drinking water sources, finds a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report's findings underscore the importance of focusing on inequalities to ensure that the poorest make progress.

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World Bank's 2015 Little Green Data Book Highlights Costs of Air Pollution[viewed]

The World Bank released the 2015 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' its annual compilation of environment data. The latest edition includes new indicators for measuring air pollution, and demonstrates that it represents a significant cost to the economy and a risk to sustainability, which should be addressed by public health policy and national planning.

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Annual Contributions to UNFPA Exceed US$1 Billion in 2014[viewed]

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported its highest-ever level of donor contributions in 2014, exceeding US$1 billion, in the context of stronger engagement with non-traditional donors such as the World Bank, the Global Fund and the Global Vaccine Alliance. The Fund's 2014 annual report, 'A Year of Renewal,' provides a breakdown of spending by region and by purpose, showing that over half of UNFPA's resources, US$501.2 million, was directed to promoting access to sexual and reproductive health services.

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Experts Provide Outcome Recommendations for FfD 3[viewed]

On the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) blog, experts have identified deliverables and policy recommendations that the FfD 3 could provide. Recent blog posts are authored by experts from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Partnership for Education, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD).

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UN Global Compact Celebrates 15th Anniversary, New Executive Director Appointed[viewed]

Marking its 15th anniversary, the UN Global Compact convened a meeting titled 'Business as a Force for Good,' bringing together business and civil society to illustrate how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, as well as the UN's post-2015 development agenda. During the meeting, Global Compact platforms and working groups convened their respective annual events, while smaller meetings focused on how to contribute to achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary[viewed]

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014–2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation.

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Event: Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum[viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the governments of Ethiopia and Senegal, will organize the Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum (ISID) on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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